UPDATE: Ten applicants to interview for Winnebago County clerk

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Updated January 18, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Ten applicants will sit down for public interviews for Winnebago County clerk.

Winnebago County leaders say the interviews will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, January 22. The interviews will be open to the public. media and Winnebago County Board members.

According to state statute, the new appointee must be of the same political party as the outgoing clerk. Clerk Margie Mullins is a Democrat so primary voting records are being used to ensure Democrat status.

The ten applicants are:

-Karen Colemen, of Machesney Park
-Alexis Crenshaw, of Chicago
-Paul Gorski, of Rockford
-Tiana McCall, of Rockford
-A, Brandon Sanchez, of Machesney Park
-Franchine Schiro, of Winnebago
-Robbin Snodgrass, of Machesney Park
-Stuart Wahlin, of Rockford
-Dyanna Rose Walker, of Rockford
-L.C. Wilson, of Rockford

Anyone interested can attend and offer input, in writing, following each interview. Chairman Frank Haney has asked Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Board member and Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Hoffman and a member of the Winnebago County HR team to be involved in the interview process.

Haney could make a formal recommendation as soon as Thursday, Jan. 25. The appointee will serve until the November election and a new clerk will take office in December 2018.

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Updated January 9, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) - Winnebago County chairman Frank Haney announces the four names he will choose from to replace county clerk Margie Mullins.

The applicants include former chief deputy recorder of deeds Francine Schiro, county board member L.C. Wilson, former Machesney Park village trustee Robbin Snodgrass and Juris doctor A. Brandon Sanchez.

Chairman Haney expects to make his selection before January 31 which is Mullins' last day on the job.

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Posted December 18, 2017, 9:22 a.m.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- After serving for more than a decade as Winnebago County Clerk, Margie Mullins announces her resignation.

In a letter sent on December 15, 2017, Mullins said, "This has been a very difficult decision for me, but for personal reasons, I will be stepping down".

Although her term ends in November 2018, Mullins' last day will be January 31, 2018. During its January 11 meeting, the Winnebago County Board will officially declare the position vacant. Board Chairman Frank Haney will have 60 days to fill the position.

"She has been a good partner to me as Chairman and to the County Board", said Haney. "On behalf of a grateful board, county, and community, I wish Margie and her family the very best in the future."

Mullins had served in the Winnebago County government for 36 years and as County Clerk for the past 11.

"Working for the County and being the County Clerk has been very rewarding", said Mullins. "I have great confidence in our existing staff and their ability to effectively serve the community in both their day-to-day activities as well as on election day."

Chairman Haney said he would not appoint anyone in the process of running for the County Clerk's position. The appointee must come from the Democratic Party.

Four candidates will be on the March 20, 2018 primary election for County Clerk.